Jeanette’s Jaunt

Jeanette’ Jaunt is an excellent showshoe trail for beginners, following an old logging road along the side of a mountain paralleling I-90. For most of the trail the incline is negligible, signage is superb, trail maintenance is much improved, and heavy usage turns much of the trail into easily-traversed packed snow.

Location Coeur d’Alene Mountains
Rating 2.2 out of 5
Difficulty Easy (last half mile before shelter is steep)
Distance 7.1 miles
Duration 2:41 hours moving time (snowshoeing)
Elevation Gain 641 feet
High Point 3,128 feet (Trailhead)
Low Point 2,783 feet
Trail Type Lollipop
Trailbed Old logging road and hopefully lots of snow!
Water A few brooks
Status Unprotected
Administration Coeur d’Alene National Forest
Permits Park n Ski permit required for parking during winter months
Conditions Pretty good. A few trees needed to be climbed over. Trail signage is excellent.
Camping There is a warming hut near the trailhead (follow the ski trail for about 200 yards) and a warming shelter at the turn-around point. Both locations also have pit toilets.
Maps USGS Lane
Trailhead Take I-90 exit #28 (Fourth of July Recreation Area) and head south for half a mile. Follow the lower road to the ski trailhead. The trailhead to Jeanette’s Jaunt starts about 50 yards into the ski trail, dropping down to the right.

Google Directions (47.62082, -116.531496)

Season Winter
Squirrel Density Sleeping peacefully…
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 15.4 miles
  • Lewiston 132.2 miles
  • Sandpoint 60.5 miles
  • Seattle 325.9 miles
  • Spokane 48.1 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date December 22, 2016

We had not completed this loop in almost a decade, largely due to dubious memories of crawling on all fours over and under overturned trees and snow-heavy bent-over saplings. Today’s snowshoe proved to be a pleasant surprise, as the trail obviously received extensive TLC, including updated signage and a new loop section near Peaceful View shelter.

The trail drops downhill to the right, off the ski trail. It is well-signed.To get to the trail hike along the groomed ski trail at the rear of the Fourth of July Recreation Area parking lot (to the right) for about 50 yards. The snowshoe trail drops steeply downhill on the right side in a couple of switchbacks that emerge onto a logging road. The trail stays on this logging road almost all the way, with the incline very gradually downhill. This makes for easy hiking, particularly for the first mile, which is so heavily used that the packed snow makes wearing snowshoes completely optional.

On the downside, this trail is hemmed in by tall trees pretty much all the time, so views are extremely limited, and for three-quarters of the way it parallels the freeway, so bring your earplugs.

Two ways to ascend to Peaceful View ShelterThe trail veers away from the freeway around the 3-mile mark and about a half-mile later comes to a Y. The ultimately more gradual ascent is the steeper trail going left and up, and it reaches the Peaceful View shelter after about a half mile (following a traverse of a knoll with the only reasonable views along this hike). The shelter is at roughly the same altitude as the trailhead, meaning the elevation lost on the logging road (about 300 feet) must be made up in this last half mile. The shelter is stocked with firewood and has a fire ring, but is not entirely enclosed. There is also a pit toilet nearby.

Peaceful View shelterTo turn the trail into a loop, return via the Alternate Route, which drops steeply through the forest along a singletrack down to the forest road. The ascent to and descent from the Peaceful View shelter are really the only more difficult parts of this trail. Once you reach the logging road it only takes a few hundred yards to return to the Y and the 3-mile return stem of this lollipop loop.

Enjoy this hike? Let us know in the comments below!

The trail drops downhill to the right, off the ski trail. It is well-signed.
The trail drops downhill to the right, off the ski trail. It is well-signed.
The first mile of trail receives a lot of traffic. The trail is usually packed snow.
The first mile of trail receives a lot of traffic. The trail is usually packed snow.
Bridges cross the first two brooks
Bridges cross the first two brooks
Snow cover is good this year
Snow cover is good this year
Naughty checking for squirrels
Naughty checking for squirrels
The trail follows an old logging road
The trail follows an old logging road
The brooks carry just a trickle of water and are easily crossed.
The brooks carry just a trickle of water and are easily crossed.
A few trees need to be clambered over!
A few trees need to be clambered over!
A mix of fir, pine and red cedar
A mix of fir, pine and red cedar
Not much of a view, but lots of trees
Not much of a view, but lots of trees
The logging road  widens towards the end
The logging road widens towards the end
Two ways to ascend to Peaceful View Shelter
Two ways to ascend to Peaceful View Shelter
Baby Red Cedar
Baby Red Cedar
The last half mile towards Peaceful View is much steeper.
The last half mile towards Peaceful View is much steeper.
The knoll just before the shelter provides the only significant views
The knoll just before the shelter provides the only significant views
Approaching the shelter
Approaching the shelter
The skiing trails are excellently groomed this year.
The skiing trails are excellently groomed this year.
Peaceful View shelter
Peaceful View shelter
The Alternate route offers filtered views of the opposite hillside
The Alternate route offers filtered views of the opposite hillside
This must have been a mighty big tree once!
This must have been a mighty big tree once!
Trail completing the loop
Trail completing the loop
Trailmap

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